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Rain hits end of 2014 Bordeaux Harvest

After the driest September in Bordeaux for 60 years a sudden and heavy rainfall has caught out many winemakers who hadn't harvested yet. This is mainly affecting the picking schedule for this year's Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. After problems in August the dry September meant that the vines had caught up and the grapes are in a good state- but with rain comes the threat of rot so those who haven't harvested need to get a move on. Luckily it's not too warm during the day and cold at night so the risk of rot is very low. Yields are significantly up from last year with Bordeaux expected to take in around 6 million hectolitres of wine in 2014 a significant rise from last year's 4 million.